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Tiny angled saw cuts were followed by careful cutting by a sharpened chisel on both sides to avoid splintering.

One board had tiny tails, and the other had the larger pins, carefully measured to match and fit together exactly.

Country furniture does have its styles based predominately on religion and region.

The catholic French and the Irish built cupboards with bold moldings, cut out feet, raised panels and they painted their cupboards in bright colors.

Look for areas that have been worn down or replaced.

If you suspect there’s something unusual or distinctively well-made about your piece, go with your gut, Masaschi says, and ask someone who knows.

This construction detail is your first key to the piece’s age and quality of craftsmanship.

The type of dovetailed joint, especially in drawers, reveals much about furniture construction and dating.

With just a little study of these examples, it is easy to spot true hand made construction vs. The name dovetail comes from the appearance of the joint, resembling the triangle shape of a bird's tail.